Love Me In The Dark has released their debut album of the same name. The group consists of two people: Steve McCormick and Heather Donavon, who vocals complement each other excellently. The duo combines elements of Americana, folk, and country music to make a well-produced album full of standout songs.
“Old Soul” can best be described as a slow song in which McCormick and Donavon harmonize, and is a guitar-driven song. While not the most upbeat song, it is an understandable choice to start off the album as it sets the tone for many of the other songs. It is always important that the opening song represent who the artist wants to be, and Love Me In The Dark succeeded in that sense.
The album continues with “Circle Up The Wagons”, which starts with a guitar and a drum beat, with initial vocals provided by McCormick before Donavon enters the song. Lyrics such as “I can’t let you go through this passage on your own” stand out by demonstrating the male narrator’s liking of the female narrator, and the song lets out a country vibe.
After that comes “Riding Wind”, another mid-tempo song with country roots. The lyrics “Oh my darling we’ve come so far/Can’t stop when it feels so right” shows the love between the two narrators, and stands out as a memorable lyric.
The album turns to a more acoustic sound with “Move Like Africa”, which is guitar-driven. It prominently features harmonized vocals, something which Love Me In The Dark has perfected in this album. The acoustic sound continues with the Donavon-led “Heart Attack”, which also prominently features guitar.
The song “Baby Bird” stands out for being five and a half minutes long, with the song being vocal-less for the first minute and a half. At that point, McCormick sings “Goodbye/Please don’t cry”, and later continues by saying “You held my hand and then let it go”. The mid-tempo song features vocals that convey a feeling of loss and pain. Donavon’s harmonies provide an additional sense of this.
The next track off the album, “Shenandoah”, starts with an acoustic guitar and features a mid-tempo, harmonized-heavy vocal.
The tempo slows down in “Surreal To Me”, which like other songs prominently features guitar, and harmony. It is sung numerous times that “Your love feels surreal to me”, making it clear that this is a love song, and a well-crafted one at that.
“Imma Hold You To It” switches up the sound of the album a bit, providing for more of a jazz vibe. Donavon trades in her signature acoustic sound for more powerhouse vocals, allowing her to show off her capabilities. It also features an easily noticeable drum beat, something that is different from many other songs.
In “Nightingale”, McCormick is tasked with lead vocals. Against the typical sound of the album, the song features some electric guitar, giving it a heavier feel to it.
The album closes with “Runs Deep”, a Donavon-led slow song with vocals that convey plenty of emotion. The lyric “Runs deep/Runs deep/Still water runs deep” stick out, as the structure of it leaves the listener wondering for a little bit what exactly it is that runs deep.